How do campers get to and from camp?
Most families drive or fly with their children to and from camp, however some campers do fly to and/or from camp on their own. We can also meet campers at the Portland International Jetport (PWM) in Portland, ME or at the Augusta State Airport in Augusta, ME. For an additional fee, we can also provide staff to accompany campers in flight or other transportation. We will work individually with families determine the best travel options for their camper.
Will I be able to communicate with my child while they are at camp?
You will receive a weekly report about your child’s experience at camp and campers write home at regular intervals. Our camp director Emily is also available by phone to answer any questions you have. After camp, you will receive a final report that details your camper’s growth and development.
What do the campers eat? What if my child has dietary restrictions?
We want your child to be comfortable and happy at camp and we believe that serving nutritious and tasty food is an important part of that process. The kitchen staff can accommodate most food restrictions and allergies.
My child has a pretty strict routine that they are comfortable in, how will they get along at camp?
Our daily schedule is designed to expand every camper’s horizons and our staff is specially trained to help campers by being sensitive to their individual needs. A day at camp is filled with countless moments of fun and learning that promote growth, friendship and understanding and we encourage campers to engage and try new things while also enjoying time to reflect and recharge.
What about bullying?
Keeping all of our campers physically and emotionally safe is paramount at Camp Alsing. With a low camper to counselor ratio, we create a caring community that helps campers recognize social cues, build empathy and when we see a problem arise, we strive to address it immediately.
Will I know my child’s cabin counselors?
We will provide parents with a photo and brief biography of our Coaches. Most families meet the Coaches at drop off.
How will I learn about my child’s experience at camp?
You will receive two reports during the camp session that will be emailed to you from camp on the 1st and 2nd Friday evenings. After the camp session is completed, you receive an additional report detailing more about the social strategies executive function skill building your child focused on at camp.
What if my child gets sick or needs medication?
We have nurses at camp 24-hrs/day. Medications are administered in the morning and evening and if a camper needs medications at other times we can accommodate a flexible schedule.
My child loves screen time; how will they do without it at camp?
This is a question we hear often. It is often more the anticipation of being without a phone, tablet or other relied upon device that is a hurdle for campers, rather than the time at camp. Once a child is at camp, it only takes them a day or so to acclimate to life without these electronics. Campers often also use electronics in their lives at home as a way to take a break or have some time away from social demands. We understand the need for these breaks, and we encourage kids to bring comic books, graphic novels, books, cards, art supplies, jacks, board games or any other activities that they are interested in, or that you’ve been waiting to introduce them to. Campers are permitted to bring walkmen or iPod shuffles, or a similar device that plays music or audiobooks without a screen.
We are committed to a screen-free environment because we believe this is the best way to build strong connections with the people around us. Campers are busy every day with many fun activities and new experiences, so they don’t typically miss the screen time, particularly because they are out of sight. In the engaging and structured routine of camp, thoughts of electronics fade into the background while we are having a great time.